Wednesday, March 31, 2010

fill the vacuum

General update: I've been working on filming parts of a fake movie trailer project, which involves a lot of fun sets and costumes. For more info on that, see my other blog here.

Sorry I haven't taken a lot of pictures of my knitting. This is, after all, intended to be a knitting blog, but there hasn't actually been a lot of information on the yarn-oriented things I'm working on. That soon shall change. I hope.

The things I'm working on at the moment are(what's actually on my needles), and what I'll eventually get pictures of:
-"Omniscience" cardigan. (started body, completed sleeves)
-"Mad Hatter" cardigan. (started sleeves, completed body)
-Blue Star Dragon plush. (about 16" out of three feet intended)
-Glowing Lantern plush. (about 1.5" out of 6-7 intended)
-Starry shrug. (raglan)
-Where the Wild Things Are inspired sweater. (raglan, lengthening body)

I think I'm a good example of...what do they call it..."startitis"?

Friday, March 26, 2010

mini pictures

I was a little bored today, so I started a thread on Ravelry asking what people wanted to see little drawings of. You can use these as long as it's for non-commercial things, and you credit me as the artist.



if you want one of your own, keep a lookout for me in the Remnants forum ;]

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Icing

Had my ears pierced for a second time today, at the infamous Icing by Claire's. The younger, more purple and sparkly store is where I got it done for the first time so many years ago, and it was a decent job. I've heard terrible terrible things about the store and its piercing, which set me off a bit, but I still don't understand the fuss people make about it in general.

Simple. If it's dirty, leave. If you're not comfortable with the person doing it, leave. Shrug. I had neither of these problems, but it might have been because it was at the store advertised as for "older girls."

If you, too, have heard turrrible things about Claire's, I suggest "Icing" instead.

Oh, and I got my welding goggles in the mail.
They have green lenses that I couldn't see in the online picture.
squeeeeeeeee!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Help!

A couple highlights from my recently favorite movie:

The Best Apartment Ever
A Fiendish Thingy!
Something To Do Before I Die


Yes, I've been knitting, as well. Bernat(as I remember...lost the label) has some lovely glow-in-the-dark yarn that I've found fun use for. Nearly done with the body of a teacup-themed bag, a few cuffs, and I've started the sleeves to an orange sweater. Pictures when I remember to upload them.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Nein Mitts

"Wait, wh--!" Aaron was dragged by the sleeve to a huge clearing...his eyes moving up a gigantic, scaled creature. The skin was a grey-green, like the color of the moss that hung on the low tree branches, yet still glimmered like smoked gemstones in the torchlight...with a long-snouted head and long, slender ears...and each of the five toes on each foot ended in a black claw. Two gigantic scaled wings rested gently against his back... "Tell the great Eltanin that her faithful servant Nein has arrived."



You Need:
Seven DPNs size 6, or whatever else works for you
Two small balls of DK weight yarn, one for each color
A small crochet hook or tapestry needle

CUFF--

In black, CO 40 stitches, divide evenly on DPNs
Work 1x1 ribbing for 8 rounds

BODY+GUSSET--

Stripe 1: Begin knitting with green, wrapping the tail around the black strand and back over the green, then weave in as you go. Continue in stockinette for 8 rounds, alternating the black(stitch in front, stitch in back) to carry it along the back.

Stripe 2: Knit in black for 4 rounds, carrying the green on the WS of the glove. M1 in black, knit around. Knit around to the stitch you made, M1 on either side. Continue the alternation of the increase rounds until you have 8 rounds in black.

Stripe 3: Knit 8 rounds in green, remembering to alternate the increase rounds for the gusset, and to carry the unused yarn at the back.

Stripe 4: Continue in the same manner for 5 rounds. Put the gusset stitches on 2 DPNs, join the body of the glove and knit 3 more rounds.

Stripe 5: Knit 5 rows, then 3 rows of 1x1 ribbing, bind off loosely. Weave in the end.

THUMB--

The gusset should have 17 stitches. Slip the middle yarn from the join onto one of the needles. Slip 3 stitches from each needle onto a third DPN. Work 3 rounds of 1x1 ribbing. Bind off loosely with a long tail. Weave the tail loosely back through the inside of the thumb and use it to sew up the gusset hole. Knot and pull to the inside.

Repeat for second glove.

Let me know if you make it. I'd love to see.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

good vacation

I recently took a much needed vacation which, happily, involved my best friends, lots of knitting, doing nothing, and saying stupid things. And chocolate cake.

My friend Margaret/Hatty/Japanese Longfish is learning to knit. And see? Knitting makes people haaappy.

During my stay she fleshed out her knitting experience by dealing with slipping needles, lots of frogging(which I only then learned meant to pull it out) and odd things with gauge. I hope she gets into it more, because I don't know a lot of people who knit...and I'm selfish like that. Hehe.


I finished a pair of wool gloves which, as it turns out, I didn't need on the train because it was too warm instead of too cold.

It's based on a dragon in The Storytellers: Anterria named Nein, and so are the gloves, though without flaming breath and spikes on its tail. I'll probably write the pattern up for these, as well as another pair of fingerless gloves I made one of on the train.


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